What is RA Awareness Week?
Since the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) was founded in 2001, one of our key aims has been to increase public understanding and awareness of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) as distinct from other forms of arthritis. Whilst we have come a long way, there still remains a significant challenge in clarifying the misconceptions based around RA.
In 2013, NRAS started a campaign called Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Week (RAAW) to raise the awareness of the condition and eliminate these misconceptions by educating and informing friends, family, employers of those with RA and the general population about what rheumatoid arthritis truly is. RAAW is typically held in June and has proven to have an amazing impact every year. Last year, we reached over half a million people with our #ReframeRA theme and this year we want to reach even more people! RA is very different to osteoarthritis (OA) in that it can strike at many age over 16. It is an auto-immune disease, which is a key differentiating factor to OA and means that in addition to joints, it can affect internal organs such as the heart, lungs, eyes. There are very serious consequences to late diagnosis or lack of targeted appropriate treatment.
RA Awareness Week 2019 will take place from 17-23 June this year and the theme is #AnyoneAnyAge. Everyone has a part to play in spreading awareness and raising funds through this year’s campaign.